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A free consultancy service for the Government Statistical Service

The Best Practice and Impact (BPI) division based at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), provides a range of services for the whole Government Statistical Service (GSS) to help improve official statistics. One service we offer is free consultancy. This can be tailored to any challenges or obstacles your department faces. Recently, the Quality Centre in […]

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The Code of Practice for Statistics turns one today

Blog | Code of practice

I am pleased to be saying happy first birthday to the Code of Practice for Statistics.  Over the last twelve months I have been involved in many different conversations about the use of statistics and I have found the new code to be really helpful in supporting these. As the statistical Head of Profession in […]

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GSS Christmas Stats Quiz!

Question 1 There were a total of 1,003 baby girls named Holly born in England and Wales in 2017, but how many of these were born in December? Question 2 How many real Christmas trees are bought in the UK each year (to the nearest million)? Question 3 Which area of the GSS website had […]

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Working as a BBC consultant statistician

Blog | GSS Blog

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be accepted on the BBC News secondment programme. I packed up my GSS Good Practice Advisor belongings, left ONS Newport and set off for the bright lights of New Broadcasting House in central London. This meant relocating to London for the summer and moving in with my […]

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